Video Game Addiction As An Official Disorder?

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Apparently, there's an effort under way to get the American Medical Association to classify video game addiction as an official disorder. Of course, almost all of the claims concerning video game addiction have been from psychologists trying to drum up extra business -- while research has said that video games are no more "addictive" than school or work. Others have pointed out that there's no real evidence that there's any real addiction in video games, and often it appears that so-called "video game addiction" is simply a symptom of some other problem which goes untreated if all the focus is on the so-called addiction to video games. There's nothing wrong with noting that excessive video gaming is a problem, but in defining it as an addiction in its own right, it seems that it will take away from understanding the root causes of the problem and focus on just treating symptoms.
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    Someaddictedguy, 20 Aug 2007 @ 6:35pm

    ive got this So called "Addiction"... I can't stop, I'm not a "loser" in real life who has no friends so he needs the games to be someone else, I jsut can't stop, it's not causing me to lose my friends, i play through the whole summer but when school time comes I do things with my friends more often, and Yes WOW is thye complete Devil, it is the biggest MMORPG in the wrold and has so many things to do in it therefore people spend more time on it than any other game trying to accomplish everything there is, unfortuanately they update the game, thus causing a never ending story, it is hard to stop, playing Any game you like, and your family saying you have a problem, fuck off just cause you don't feel the same way about computer games as I do doesn't mean you have a right to define it as a problem or as "different" anyways people Addicted to palying games
    are the people who are real Rebels because they spend mostt of their life playing a game instead of living theyre life, not saying its a bad thing because you can Achieve WAY more online than most people in their entire lives have Never came close to achieving, but yes there is a difference between online and real life, and I just want people to realise that it's not a bad thing for you to spend your life on the computer but you must do something anything to realise it is not actual life.... yet :P ;)

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